BRAVE GRAHAM LOSES CANCER BATTLE; DAD'S FIGHT: Amazing man who's plight galvanised a town.
He died yesterday at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital, where he was admitted three weeks ago with a serious infection.
Since 50-year-old Graham was diagnosed nearly three years ago with lymphoma, more than 1,000 Nuneaton people have queued up to give a blood sample. They hoped to become a lifesaving cross-match for Graham and others like him.
His family said today they were comforted by the knowledge that at least eight leukaemia sufferers around the country had found a match because of Graham.
Graham and his supporters have helped raise a staggering pounds 40,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust, the charity which keeps a register of all potential bone-marrow donors in the UK.
Sadly, no cross-match was found for the Nuneaton dad because of his rare tissue type - but at least eight leukaemia victims around Britain were matched.
His daughter, Caroline, said today: "He was an inspiration."
Graham's fight... PAGE 2
INSPIRATIONAL... Graham Birch, and (inset) some of the nurses from George Eliot Hospital who helped him set up a donor clinic at Nuneaton Borough football club when he was first diagnosed with leukaemia.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Aug 23, 2006|
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